Matt Johnson wrote: ↑Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:01 pm
I've noticed that the Silver Star and Silver Meteor are consistently running a mix of Viewliner I and Viewliner II sleepers now. I'm wondering if this is the long term plan or if eventually the equipment will be more segregated. Is there any differentiation in the reservation system - i.e. would you like to pay more for newer upholstery, fixtures, etc in a roomette where you don't have to crap next to the bed - or is it just luck of the draw for people making reservations?
Toilets per passenger should be addressed, because I believe the Viewliners 1s have a better layout than the 2s.
Superliner standard sleeper = 4 Rooms with, 1 Handicap room with, 1 Family without, 14 Roomettes without, and 5 shared toilets. That sums up to 10 toilets for 20 cabins, or one toilet for every 4 passengers. it is a little worse when you just look at just the Family and Roomettes sharing 4 toilets - 4 toilets for 30 passengers, around one toilet for every 7.5 passengers.
Viewliner 1 = 2 Rooms with, 1 Handicap room with, and 12 Roomettes with. That sums up to 15 toilets for 15 cabins, or one toilet for every 2 passengers. No shared toilets at all.
Viewliner 2 = 2 Rooms with, 1 Handicap room with, 12 Roomettes without, and 2 shared toilets. That sums up to 5 toilets for 30 passengers, or one toilets for every 6 passengers. It is a lot worse when you look at 2 shared toilets for 24 passengers, around one toilet for every 12 passengers. Eeeeeek!
For those who might be grossed out having a toilet in your roomette, ask your partner to walk the train while you do what you have to do. As for the occasional miss-aim, there are paper towels to clean up afterwards available.